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Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Mellor and Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Jimenez watch Thursday’s telecast of Gov. Kay Ivey’s update.

Gov. Kay Ivey reminded Alabamians Thursday morning that “Alabama is not only open for business, but it’s the best place to do business.”

Ivey gave an update on the state from the chambers of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber at 10:30 a.m., touching on topics including the state’s recent economic rebound and the recent legislative session, which wrapped on Sunday, May 30.

“Just one year ago Alabama was still riding the wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with thousands of cases and numerous deaths still occurring on a daily basis,” she said. “While we haven’t quite defeated this thing for good, I think all of us gathered here today share a much more optimistic outlook than we did in May of 2020.”

Ivey thanked listeners for their dedication to “keeping our state safe” and pointed to signs of recovery, including Alabama’s low, 3.6% unemployment rate. Alabama’s unemployment is the lowest in the Southeast region, Ivey said, and is also below the national average of 6.1%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The governor also specifically praised Huntsville and Madison County, highlighting the public-private partnerships championed by the local government and the effects the booming local economy has on the rest of the state.

“The Rocket City is truly a remarkable place, and as each day passes it further solidifies itself as one of the most innovative and exciting cities in the United States, with some of the world’s leading companies calling this incredible city their own,” Ivey said. “Huntsville continues to ensure that Alabama always has a seat at the table.”

The top issues Ivey highlighted from the 2021 legislative session were the attempts to create a state lottery and addressing Alabama’s prison infrastructure. Though no definitive decision was made on these topics during the 2021 session, Ivey emphasized her administration’s dedication to finding solutions to both issues that benefit Alabamians, reassuring listeners that “it’s evident that the state is headed in the right direction, but it’s also more important than ever to ensure we continue to work together.”

Ivey’s speech came just one day after she announced plans to run for re-election in 2022. The governor also visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Thursday morning to help celebrate the return of Space Camp. Ivey’s message throughout the update was clear: Huntsville, and Alabama at large, are headed toward brighter days.

“Y’all, it has been a roller coaster of a year, but we collectively showed the world that, despite whatever unfortunate circumstances we may face, Alabama will always prevail,” she said.

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